Joe Carnahan's Adaptation of 'Daredevil' Not Looking Likely Now

August 14, 2012
Source: Twitter


Even though a trade between Marvel and 20th Century Fox to let the latter studio keep the rights to Daredevil if the former was allowed to use certain Fantastic Four characters like Galactus and Silver Surfer sounded good, apparently it wasn't in the cards. Shortly after the story broke, another story surfaced that Fox wasn't willing to make the trade, wasn't in a hurry to get Daredevil off the ground and just might let the character revert back to Marvel in October. This seems even more likely now that director Joe Carnahan has took to Twitter and corroborated with the report that his Daredevil reboot may not happen.

The Smokin' Aces and A-Team director took to Twitter to say:

"Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids. We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side."

Well, that's a bummer. Carnahan's take was said to be a "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70's thriller," and that's exactly what the character needs to help us forget the horrid Ben Affleck adaptation entirely. Of course, with that dark of a take on a comic book character that already failed once is a big risk for Fox. has a great proposal for a film based on the Born Again storyline from a script that has already been written, but it sounds like we'll be waiting awhile for something to happen with Daredevil.

If it were about 15 years ago, this would have no problem getting off the ground as darker, stranger comic book flicks like Spawn and Darkman got off the ground. But now there's this expectation that films have to perform just as well as the family friendly Marvel properties, especially after the huge success of The Avengers, and that's the kind of success the studio wants to replicate. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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I know that the last daredevil movie wasn't beloved by fans, it was still very successful. I wouldn't say it failed. I actually enjoyed. Of course the director's cut is much better than the original release.

Cs on Aug 14, 2012


Yep, it's unfortunate. The Director's Cut was a legitimate effort at making a good film, it's the only version that should exist.

Chris Groves on Aug 14, 2012


Good, Marvel is getting back another property.

Daniel Koelsch on Aug 14, 2012


The more characters that Marvel gets the rights back to, the better. Maybe THEY'LL end up producing Carnahan's version of the film instead of Fox. The Affleck movie wasn't good...but I recently saw the Director's Cut for the first time. I am floored by any reasoing that had the studio going with the theatrical cut. Niether version is a very good movie...but the Director's Cut is a much much stronger effort and is the only version of the movie that should have been seen.

Chris Groves on Aug 14, 2012


Any information on when the various and currently inactive Marvel characters have their film rights revert back to Marvel? I would imagine that characters like Blade and The Punisher would have to be fairly soon.

Chris Groves on Aug 14, 2012


Punisher is under Marvel Knights...which is where they go when Marvel cant make it look good....

Jericho on Aug 14, 2012


I liked Ben Affleck as Daredevil....please don't hurt me. Now that that's out of the way just give Daredevil back to Marvel please.

Lamar on Aug 14, 2012


Affleck was cool as Daredevil especially since at the time, most superhero flicks were wack anyway. However, this is an F**&^KING TRAGEDY!! The Sidney Lumet 70's style is the only way to go. I mean that is original. They should even find a way to shoot it using film if it's not dead. Otherwise Daredevil will seem pretty generic. This is such a damn tragedy. I still hope Affleck does Justice League though.

SERPICO on Aug 14, 2012

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